Tour Your Future
Explore future STEM careers with Tour Your Future! This program for girls and non-binary youth ages 11–17 provides the opportunity to meet female+ professionals who work in STEM fields. Participants can experience what it is like to work in a variety of industries ranging from wildlife rehabilitation to robotics and more!
Tour Your Future welcomes cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female.
Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $10 per student
Scholarships available. Call 412.237.3400 to learn more!
Spring 2023 Tour Schedule
*Due to changing COVID-19 safety measures at each facility, please note that tours may be canceled, changed to a virtual format, or reduced in capacity.
Upcoming spring tours:
Thurs., Feb. 23, 2023
Seneca Resources Company
2000 Westinghouse Dr.
Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Learn how natural gas – the Earth’s cleanest burning hydrocarbon – is discovered and produced at Seneca Resources Company, LLC! Seneca Resources is the exploration and production segment of National Fuel Gas Company. It explores for, develops, and produces natural gas in the Appalachian region of Pennsylvania, including the Marcellus and Utica Shales. During this tour, you’ll work with Seneca’s team of engineers, geologists, and environmental specialists. You’ll learn how natural gas is discovered (and complete your own seismic interpretation!), how it’s drilled and brought to the surface, how Seneca measures and monitors air and water quality, and what the company is doing to reduce its environmental impact.
Thurs., March 9, 2022
550 Technical Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Plastics are all around us, but do you know how they are developed? Braskem is a team of over 300 professionals located in North and South America dedicated exclusively to researching and developing new solutions through plastics and chemicals. Braskem is constantly working to ensure it is a leader in creating a sustainable future. The tour of Braskem’s Innovation Center in Pittsburgh will highlight the Analytical and Application labs and their new Additive Manufacturing lab (3D printing). Watch the robots in action and see parts being 3D printed from their recycled polymer while you tour. Talk to female STEM professionals about their careers and experience at Braskem, get answers to all your burning questions, and build solar charging units out of repurposed plastics to donate to local organizations.
Fri., March 24, 2023
6425 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
You have probably heard of Google, but have you ever thought about what it would be like to work there? Google is a technology company founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin whose mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Come hear about the stories of Googlers as they describe their journey in technology and beyond. There will be an office tour, followed by a casual presentation and Q&A.
Special Note: All visitors must show proof of vaccination by bringing a vaccination card, photo of vaccination card, or using the Clear app on a smartphone. All visitors aged 16 or older must show a valid government ID (students may substitute a school ID for a government ID).
Sat., March 25, 2023
159 Riverview Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15214
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered about our place in the universe? Are you curious about where stars come from, what black holes are, or what the Big Bang is all about? Tour the Allegheny Observatory with Dr. Sandhya Rao, an astronomer from the University of Pittsburgh, who will answer all your questions and more. Get up close with both historic and modern telescopes and learn how astronomers study the Universe.
Sat., May 13, 2023
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
The Frick Environmental Center is a welcome facility, education hub, and gateway to Frick Park. Free and open to all, this cutting-edge facility inspires learners to discover one of Pittsburgh’s largest parks. The Frick Environmental Center serves learners of all ages and serves as the classroom base for programming that extends into the surrounding park woodlands, streams, meadows, and trails. The tour will focus on the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge and the technologies that allow the environmental center to achieve living building status, including being net-zero energy and net-zero water. Participants will also experience hands-on elements of World Migratory Bird Day, including a brief bird walk and bird-banding demonstration at the center.
Special Note: This program will be conducted largely outdoors. Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear are recommended.
Wed., May 17, 2023
Pittsburgh Technical College: Criminal Justice Program
1111 McKee Road
Oakdale, PA 15071
Pittsburgh Technical College’s program in Criminal Justice lets their graduates make a difference. Learn from current and past female Criminal Justice students about what they like about the field and how they make our communities safer. Get a taste of the hands-on learning that happens at PTC. Apply your attention to detail as you participate in finger printing, foot casting, tool mark identification, and crime scene processing. Test your hand-eye coordination using a replica of a handgun in the Milo simulation classroom. (Milo Range Pro is a professional simulation-training system with target practice drills used by police and government agencies. You will compete to see who can “shoot” the most dinner plates on the screen). End the day with a guided tour of the PTC campus.
Can I go on a tour? Tours are open to individuals and groups ages 11–17. Cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female is welcome.
What will I do on a tour? Typical tours include a guided tour of the host site’s facility, a Q&A session with women+ professionals, and a hands-on activity related to the work done at the host site.
How much does a tour cost? All tours are $10 per student. A limited number of need-based scholarships for individuals and groups are available. To request a scholarship for an individual, please complete this application . To request a scholarship for a school group, please fill out this application .
How do I sign up? Register online at https://carnegiescienc.wpengine.com/programs/tour-your-future/ or call 412.237.3400 to book your spot.
What if the tour is filled? If the tour you’re interested in is filled, please call 412.237.3400 to be added to the waitlist. You will be notified if spaces become available.
Where do I go for the tour? All tours are on site at the specified locations, or on a virtual meeting platform. These are NOT at Carnegie Science Center. After registration is complete, you will receive an informational email approximately one week prior to the tour date with specific arrival and tour details.
For Professional Women+ in STEM Fields
If you are a cisgender woman, transgender woman, non-binary individual, gender nonconforming individual, genderqueer individual, or anyone who identifies as female working in STEM, we would love to meet you! You’re just one click away from inspiring some of our next great STEM professionals! Please take the time to fill out this form to host a Tour Your Future event at your place of work.
Tour Your Future No-Call No-Show Policy
Participants must cancel their spot at least one week in advance if they are unable to attend. If any participant is a no-call no-show two times during a semester, that participant will be unable to register for future tours.
Questions? Please contact Shannon Gaussa at GaussaS@carnegiesciencecenter.org for more info.